AB1222 information

AB1222 is a modification to the “Hands-free” cell phone law that went into effect on January 1st.  This modification affects every Ham radio operator who operates mobile.  Here are links that will provide the latest information on this bill and more on the way it bears on mobile operation:

The following is a quote from Jim Aspinwall, NO1PC who introduced this information at the annual NARCC meeting on April 29, 2017

Under “Hands-Free Information Links” is a fresh document available to any/all to convey to their local Assembly and Senate representatives.
Do NOT let Quirk win with a few token wording edits.


Go to this site:


and sign-up to track AB1222… do not miss a date/opportunity to get this fixed properly.
CHP did us a tremendous favor.  Insist that their valuable expert input be included!!!


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W6CO Dstar Update

            Dstar status
The gateway computer, the gizmo that ties the  repeater to the internet, is now upgraded for Dplus G-3.

            Dplus G-3. What is it and why do we need it?
To explain the evolutlion we need to go back to the original Dstar concept. One of the more “attractive” features of Dstar is “call sign routing”. Supposedly this permitted a Dstar user anywhere in the world to call another user no matter where he or she was located. The system does this by keeping track of the repeater system  where the operators were last heard. So if you are wandering around Miami or London and I am in Napa and want to talk to you, I don’t need to know what repeater you are using.
By calling you, using call sign routing, my call automatically goes to the repeater where you were last heard. Bad Idea! Here’s why. What if the last place you were heard was in downtown Miami and now you are on your way to Orlando and out of range of the downtown machine?  You won’t hear me call. What if you are still in downtown but now other stations are using the repeater? My call won’t be allowed to interrupt. What if you are still in range of the downtown repeater and it is free? You will hear my call but you will have no idea where I am calling from so how do you return my call? The original concept called for me to simply press one button on my radio and I would instantly have all the right settings to return your call but I had to know that you were calling from a distant location and not from Miami.
Too complicated and confusing and as a result rarely used.
          Enter G3
G3 requires the Dstar radio to have a couple of special features for the new and improved call sign routing to work. These new radios work by connecting them via a special cable to a computer.
The new modes are referred to as “Access Point” and “Terminal Mode”. In effect they are very much like a typical Dstar “hot-spot” except that they don’t require a second Dstar radio to work as is the case with a hot-spot. What they DO require, however is being in the proximity of a G3 enabled repeater and that is what the upgrade is attempting to do.
The ordinary Dstar user, with an older radio, will not have access to the new features and if he or she doesn’t care then they will notice very little difference in the repeater’s sound or  behavior.               more later

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Update: California Handheld Com Devices

From Arrl News,  An update concerning the use of handheld communications devices while driving has been issued by the California Legislature.

While not intended to eliminate the use of Ham Radio devices, the wording of the update can easily be misinterpreted to do just that.  Read the update carefully and you may avoid an expensive ticket.  Use of Amateur Radio walkie-talkies or a handheld microphone is no longer guaranteed an exemption.  The ARRL is working on getting clarifications and when they are published circumstances will still depend on interpretation by law enforcement.

Go to the ARRL News tab (above right) to read the entire update.

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New link in Member’s Favorites

A new link has been added to the Member’s Favorites: “Find your Lot Size”. When you enter your address you will see a satellite image of your house with the ability to set markers and determine distances. Want to know if you have enough room to put that 80m dipole or that full wave loop? This online tool make the process easy.


John, WB6V

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Amateur Radio Parity Act – an update

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